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Air Rescue gets second wind from Colonie Town Board

"Personally, for a political issue, I wouldn't even touch this," he said.

Baker continued, "It's not a program that's deceptive; it's not out of control. But I know one thing, it's a struggle that demands either one of two sides."

When Mahan spoke, she told the crowd that her decision to terminate the program was not political and that she must act in the best interest of residents of the town.

"There are two sides to the story," she said. "There always is."

Preceding her, Town Attorney Michael Magguilli told the crowd results of research he had done that found the town was not making money on the program, and that the program would be a liability to the town "when something happens."

Earlier in the night, longtime respondent, and 50-year resident, Jack Moser gave a 25-minute PowerPoint presentation, in which he refuted that the flight program carried any more liability than any other duty of the paramedics and broke down the costs and revenue by number.

He told the crowd, "We came here tonight, not as adversaries, but as partners."

Partnership was expressed later by Favro, when he offered to pay for an outside auditor to examine the costs and revenue of the LifeGuard program.

Based on that stipulation, and pending results of a survey the town would to residents asking whether they want to pay, with their tax dollars, to continue the program, the supervisor voted to extend the program until December 2008.

Republican Councilman Brian Hogan made two attempts at amending the resolution on the agenda to push the date back even later " the first time he tried pushing it to Dec. 31, 2009, and the second to July 1, 2009. Both extensions failed.

After the meeting, Favro said he was glad the town would be taking him up on his offer to pay for the audit so that they could learn more information about the program, although he said four months would not be enough. ""

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